1973 Opel Manta Gt


The Manta A was released in 1970, based on the Opel Ascona of the time, as a competitor to the Ford Capri. It was a two-door “three-box” coupé, and featured distinctive round tail lights, quite similar to the Opel GT and in fact were used on the GT in 1973, its final model year. Unusually for the UK, the car was sold as an Opel rather than having a Vauxhall-branded equivalent.

The sales approach for the Opel line in the U.S. Market was equally odd. The Manta A was one of only a few Opel models sold in the U.S. Market. Opels were imported by GM and sold through Buick dealerships and not their own dealership network, so they were limited in what makes and models they could sell here. Other Opel makes sold in the U.S. market were the 1956–61 the Rekord P1 and Rekord P2, the Kadett A (1964–66), Kadett B (1967–71), GT (1969–73), Manta / Ascona A (1971–75). The Ascona A, was the sedan version of the Manta A chassis and was sold in the U.S. under the 1900 name as a 2 door & 4 door sedan and 2 door “Sport Wagon”. The only difference between the Ascona and Manta was exterior sheet metal, glass and trim. The frame, all the mechanicals, dash, front seats, and many other parts were shared between the cars. The Manta was even sold in 1971 and 1972, as the 1900 Sport Coupe, not the Manta. In 1973 the Manta nameplate was added to the U.S.-spec Mantas, but the Asconas kept the 1900 badge throughout their model life. The last year GM imported European made Opels into the United States, under their marquee, was 1975. In that year the only Opels imported were the Manta & Ascona A. Click here to read more.. »

Scribbled on November 22nd 2007 in Opel, Opel Manta
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